Grand Goings-on

The Brookmere floor plan at Grand Oaks Preserve has a formal dining room.

Two popular game shows come to mind in describing Grand Oaks Preserve, a 154-townhome village in lower Dorchester County.

In a neighborhood with a swimming pool, playground and lagoons, the three-bedroom units start in the $110,000s, showing that for many buyers, "The Price is Right."

At the same time, developer Carriage Hill Associates of Charleston and marketing and sales agent Carolina One Real Estate have rolled out various incentives such as cost savings. Word to house hunters: "Let's Make a Deal."

The townhomes, built in 2007, have been marketed steadily; now 14 units remain for sale. They are priced from $114,990 to $134,960.

Each dwelling has kitchen range and dishwasher, two or more bathrooms, natural views and one-car garages.

"A one-car garage at $115,0000 in tough to beat," says Bo Collins, Realtor with Carolina One Real Estate's New Homes division, which provides the on-site sales staff at Grand Oaks Preserve.

The neighborhood has welcomed all kinds of purchasers. Because of the price, it's an attractive choice for first-time homebuyers, Collins says. The townhomes are low maintenance, making them popular with empty nesters and retirees. Families also like the dwellings because they have three bedrooms as well as the pool and play area.

The $169-a-month homeowners association dues cover street lights, road upkeep, hazard insurance, termite bond, landscaping irrigation and pond upkeep, exterior building maintenance including the roof, care of the pool and playground, trash removal, flood insurance and Time Warner basic cable.

Buyers can request extras such as a screened porch instead of patio in the back and stacked washer and dryer in the Ashton model. (The Brookmere has washer and dryer hookup, but the appliances aren't offered as options.)

"We always run incentives, including (additional kitchen) appliances," Collins says.

While tucked a block off Ladson Road behind an eye-catching avenue of oaks, Grand Oaks Preserve is just a few miles from shopping, the Summerville Medical Center, fire department, Ashley River boat landing, parks, major employers and Interstate 26.

The townhomes are available in two models: the 1,552-square-foot Ashton with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths and the 1,682-square-foot Brookmere with three bedrooms, two-and-a half baths.

Master baths come with a garden tub and shower. Other standard features are architectural shingles, vinyl siding, sodded front and side yards, brushed chrome hardware such as door handles inside, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, ceramic tile in the foyer, stain-resistant carpet in the living room and bedrooms, 30-inch kitchen cabinets, water saver toilets, high-efficiency hot water heater and thermostats on each floor.

Collins says the developer took pains to preserve the woodsy setting, saving many trees while dotting the property with lagoons. The secluded feel to the community is a natural amenity. "A lot of people comment on how quiet it is," he says.

To get to Grand Oaks Preserve from downtown Charleston, travel west on Interstate 26 to U.S. Highway 78, exit 205. Turn left on Highway 78 and continue to Ladson Road. Steer left at the traffic light onto Ladson and proceed for about four miles. Turn left at the sign to Grand Oaks Preserve. The neighborhood is ahead on the left.

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Location: Dorchester County

Phone: (843) 875-0788

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